Guest Article

By Christian Stadler

Thomas Edison is best known for his perfection of the light bulb, but his most consequential invention was General Electric’s industrial research lab. The idea to create an environment where research and development can accelerate set a new standard for industrial innovation.

GE is not the only company to have locked in a long-lasting competitive advantage based on a new management idea. Consider Oticon’s spaghetti organization, Procter and Gamble’s open innovation concept, or Toyota Motor Corporation’s lean production system.

Similar to technological innovation, new management innovation starts with a problem, followed by observation and experimentation with different…


Book Interview

Interviewed by Martin Reeves

Kevin Roose is an award-winning technology columnist for The New York Times, and the New York Times bestselling author of three books: Futureproof, Young Money, and The Unlikely Disciple. He writes and speaks regularly on many topics, including automation and A.I., social media, disinformation and cybersecurity, and digital wellness.

His most recent book, Futureproof, focuses on the question, how can we be happy, successful humans in a world that is increasingly built by and for machines?

In a conversation with Martin Reeves, Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute he discusses insights from the book, strategies to…


Inspiring the Next Game

Interview by Massimo Russo

What if sharing your data can help unlock immense societal value and be a central part of a company’s Total Societal Impact strategy?

In this episode of the Inspiring the Next Game podcast, we hear from Erin Simon, Head of Plastic Waste and Business at World Wildlife Fund, on their efforts to promote data sharing in the plastic packaging industry to jumpstart our journey to a more circular supply chain.

You can listen to the conversation on the link below, or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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Sustainable Business Model Innovation Series

Interviewed by David Young

In the new episode of the Building Competitive Advantage in a Sustainable World podcast, David Young — BCG Henderson Institute Fellow researching Sustainable Business Model Innovation — interviews Vicki Escarrra, Former Global CEO, Opportunity International; Former President & CEO, Feeding America; and Former CMO, Delta Airlines.

Vicki shares her inspiring journey across the private and social sectors. She reflects on the importance of cross-sector collaboration to drive meaningful, societal impact at scale while generating benefits for all organizations involved, including corporations. She shares her lessons learned on what it takes to build effective strategic partnerships for…


Book Interview

Interviewed by Martin Reeves

Kirk Hanson is a senior fellow of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and former executive director of the Center, and a pioneer of business ethics.

In this discussion with Martin Reeves, Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, he discusses his new book, Rotten: Why Corporate Misconduct Continues and What to Do about It, co-authored with Marc Epstein, published in October 2020.

I want to kick off with the motivation for the book. …


Inspiring the Next Game

Interview by Massimo Russo

Platforms and ecosystems perform a fundamental function to connect companies, share data, and enable innovation. Michael Cusumano, Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School, has researched platform businesses and competition for over 30 years.

In this episode of the Inspiring the Next Game podcast, he explores the role of data in platform competition with Massimo Russo, BCG Henderson Institute Fellow researching the Internet of Things, data economy, and its impact on business.

You can listen to the conversation on the link below, or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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Inspiring the Next Game

Interview by Massimo Russo

What if data your customers have on your product or service could enhance the customer experience, but you don’t have access to that data?

In the first episode of the Inspiring the Next Game podcast, Sherry Sanger, Chief Marketing Officer of Penske Transportation Solutions, discusses Penske’s success in accessing connected truck data to create a valuable service built on aggregated data shared by customers, with Massimo Russo, BCG Henderson Institute Fellow researching the Internet of Things, data economy, and its impact on business.

You can listen to the conversation on the link below, or on Apple…


Sustainable Business Model Innovation Series

Interviewed by David Young

In the new episode of the Building Competitive Advantage in a Sustainable World podcast, David Young — BCG Henderson Institute Fellow researching Sustainable Business Model Innovation and Heitor Carrera — BCG Senior Partner in Sao Paolo, Brazil — interview Pedro Zinner, CEO of Eneva, a major Brazilian energy company.

Together, they discuss the evolving context in Brazil, underscoring the increasing investor demands for companies to embed sustainability into corporate strategy and operations. Pedro describes how Eneva initiated its sustainability journey and shares lessons learned. To get started, companies need to align on and measure ESG KPIs…


By BCG Henderson Institute

Executive summary

Businesses and societies today increasingly face the challenge of strategizing across multiple timescales. As artificial intelligence makes it possible to act in seconds or milliseconds, and social and environmental issues that develop over decades become more pressing, the relevant timescales are being expanded in both directions — faster and slower — making the challenge of managing trade-offs across timescales more critical.

The traditional toolkit does not seem to be up to this challenge. Businesses have traditionally considered a narrow set of issues that operate at a consistent clock speed; but an expanding range of relevant timescales…


Book Interview

Interviewed by Martin Reeves

Raphael Amit, Professor of Management at the Wharton School, and Christoph Zott, Professor of Entrepreneurship at IESE Business School, have co-published extensively on all aspects of business model innovation strategy. Their new book, Business Model Innovation Strategy: Transformational Concepts and Tools for Entrepreneurial Leaders, is a guide on business model design for leaders.

In a conversation with Martin Reeves, Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute the authors argue that business model innovation does not replace traditional strategy, but instead complements it by providing new opportunities to disrupt the market or reinvigorate an established firm, by creating…

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